New Issue of the ‘Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy’ Now Available Online

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/10/2018


Deborah Caldwell-Stone

Deputy Director

Office for Intellectual Freedom

American Library Association


CHICAGO — The new issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP), Vol. 2, No.3-4, is now live and available to subscribers online. Subscribers can view it on the JIFP homepage or on its contents page.

Featured content includes:

  • “False Witness,” an analysis of Morality in Media’s attack on the EBSCO magazine database, by James LaRue, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom
  • “Evidence of the ‘Slippery Slope’ to Censorship: The Story from Florida and Collier County,” by Eric C. Otto of Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Commentary by Inci Sariz at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on how censorship under authoritarian regimes has constrained translators and also inspired them to seek creative ways to bring in foreign works despite censorship
  • “Behind the University of Cape Town’s Removed Art: The Writing on the Wall,” by South African journalist and art critic Ivor Powell

The issue also includes reviews of Public Library Collections in the Balance: Censorship, Inclusivity and Truth by Jennifer Downey; Free Speech on Campus by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman; Creditworthy: A History of Consumer Surveillance and Financial Identity in America by Josh Lauer; and The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters by Tom Nichols. It also includes the latest news on censorship challenges, court decisions, legal controversies, and success stories.

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP), a quarterly journal published by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, provides a forum for discourse on intellectual freedom and privacy issues arising in libraries, archives, and educational institutions. The Journal is available by subscription for $50 per year. Individual and institutional subscriptions are available online via the ALA subscription order form

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries. OIF supports the work of the ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee and its Privacy Subcommittee. For more information, visit